September 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm EDT | by Kevin Naff
Plouffe blames McConnell for DADT defeat

David Plouffe, President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, blamed Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for the Senate’s failure to advance “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal earlier this week.

Plouffe, speaking at a book-signing event in Baltimore on Thursday night, told an audience of about 200 people that Senate Republican leadership feared that showing support for repealing the military’s gay ban would depress voter turnout in the midterm elections.

“McConnell got 12 Republican senators in a room and said, ‘If we do this, it’s going to hurt our turnout,’” Plouffe said. He cited Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine as among those in the room.

Plouffe claimed that McConnell told the senators, “we’ll do it in December,” suggesting that the Senate would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” with bipartisan support after the elections.

Kevin Naff is the editor and a co-owner of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT news publication, founded in 1969.

  • Yeah, I’ll believe that one when I see it. Of course, it has nothing to do with the Democrats unwillingness to actually make the GOP filibuster like they did with health care.

    Yeah, it’s all the GOP’s fault. The cowardice of Democrats and the open, unchallenged homophobic bigotry of members like House Armed Services Committee Chair Ike Skelton, who famously said that he opposed the repeal of DADT because then parents would have to explain homosexuality to their seven-year-olds, has absolutely nothing to do with it.

    Yeah really, it’s all the GOP’s fault…really. After all, the Democrats say it is and they always tell us the truth don’t they?

    I wonder: Does the Obama Administration really think we’re stupid enough to buy this bullpuckey? And if they are, is there still any reason for LGBT’s to vote for these people or give them money?

  • You mean an Obamapologist passed the buck, despite the evidence? Color me surprised.

  • GOP filibuster? Unless the Senate as rewritten its rules to redefine a filibuster, the GOP has not conducted even one filibuster that I’m aware of during this Congress. The Minority has threatened quite a few filibusters but thanks to cowardice on the part of the Majority leadership that has reached historic levels the Republicans have never had to actually follow through on their threats. No, Mr. Plouffe, that dog you’ve trotted out won’t bark.

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